in the heart of the Savoie


Savoie Faire is the brainchild of Nikki Shields Quinn and her husband, Hugh. With more than 30 years experience of cooking, entertaining and managing properties, Nikki and Hugh have transformed an abandoned barn in the beautiful village of Fontaines Naves, into a stunning luxury mountain lodge and cookery school.

Nikki and Hugh will welcome you into their home and introduce you to life in the Tarantaise. Fontaines Naves is a picturesque mountain village, with stunning views across the valley, it’s situated at 1300 altitude, so perfect for the cyclists, cross country skiiers and those who love to hike through the forests. Only 15 minutes from the nearby market town of Moutiers, 30 minutess from the ski resorts of Valmorel and Meribel/ Courchevel.

Restoring Chalet Savoie Faire has been a labour of love for Nikki and Hugh, though not without it’s challenges. Little more than walls and a rickety roof, Hugh has slowly transformed the building, using much of the original wood and stonework and has incorporated many traditional Savoyarde designs. (He is now looking forward to a well-earned rest- back on his bike for more mountain training).

The main house provides accommodation for up to 8 people, with a beautiful open-plan living area, vaulted dining hall and walled terrace with views across the valley. Luxury bathrooms with gorgeous toiletries, flat screen televisions in every room and a cosy open fireplace make it a perfect retreat after a hard day in the saddle or on the skis. This property was build with many aspects in mind, It had to be a place to relax, with cycling, walking and skiing on the doorstep and most importantly a place everyone can enjoy.

In summer it’s is a place that not only cares for the cyclists and caters to all their needs but the partner’s can also enjoy the space with cooking classes, hiking, reading out on the terrace or a spa day in the valley with natural thermal waters. In winter the open fire becomes your best friend with a good book and glass of wine in hand, 35km of cross country tracks are on the doorstep. The property is equipped with everything you need to make it your home away from home – a kitchen with oven, gas burners, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, music, movies, comfy sofas and beds you wont want to get out of. So what are you waiting for?

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